Things To Do Near You – December 2023

As winter sets in over Central Massachusetts, many of us feel tempted to bundle up at home until the Spring thaw next year. But there are so many wonderful events this month to help you enjoy this season that you won’t want to miss! From holiday markets to live performances and more – Central Mass is heating up with some amazing events! Let’s dive into all the best winter activities this month.

Sip and Shop

Spark your holiday spirit at the Hollis Hills Farm Holiday Sip & Shop on Saturday, December 9th, and Sunday, December 10th, in Lunenburg. Explore handmade local crafts from 18 artisan vendors while you sip on delicious winter cocktails. Still in the market for a Christmas tree? Hollis Hills is your one-stop shop! Visit their Christmas tree farm while you’re there and pick out the perfect tree for your holiday season. Check out more information on their website.

Festival of Trees

Light up your holiday season at Leominster’s 18th annual Festival of Trees now through December 18th at the Leominster City Hall! Enjoy the festive Christmas trees and holiday decorations as you stroll through the Leominster Tata Auditorium. You can find more information here.

Test Your Skills

Get ready to shuffle, deal, and peg your way to victory at Clear Path for Veterans New England cribbage group on December 13th in Devens. Test your tabletop skills with this lively game of strategy while making new friends! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, this event promises an afternoon of fun. Visit their website here for more details. 

Music Reimagined

Join the band that’s become a national sensation for playing “Today’s Hits Yesterday”, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, on Friday, December 15th, in Lexington for a night of unforgettable music! Groove to popular songs by musicians like Radiohead, George Michael, Tove Lo, and more masterfully reworked in the style of early 20th century genres like swing and jazz. Mark your calendars for this unforgettable event, and get ready to hear your favorite songs like never before! For ticket information, click here.

Live Performances

Get ready to step into the timeless holiday spirit at the live radio performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ happening on December 16th in Maynard!  This isn’t just any show—it’s a chance to witness Charles Dickens’ cherished tale come alive, just as it was meant to be experienced. From Dickens’ own tradition of reading it aloud to enraptured audiences, this event promises an immersive and magical experience. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this enchanting celebration and witness ‘A Christmas Carol’ in its truest, most captivating form! Find more information here.

Fresh New Flavors

Experience the colorful flavors of West Africa at Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Company on December 16th in Framingham. Sip on delicious local brews while you savor this staple of West African cuisine. This delicious dish, made with long-grain rice, tomatoes, onions, and herbs is sure to become one of your new favorite foods if it isn’t already! Check out the Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing website for more information.

Books and Bands

Calling all music aficionados! Stop by the Groton Public Library on December 17th and discover the unique, genre-bending melodies of Cold Chocolate – a Boston-based band known for blending bluegrass, folk, and funk into a style all their own. Celebrated for their evocative songwriting and expert musicianship, this impressive duo is sure to leave you feeling inspired. Check out more information here.

With the cold weather here to stay, Central Massachusetts is warming up for an exciting winter ahead. Help stave off the winter blues with the many amazing events to explore this season. And don’t forget to check back here next month for more exciting happenings near you!